Kelsey J Barnes is a freelance writer from Toronto, Canada. Her work has been published by MTV, Dear Damsels, tmrw magazine, 1883 magazine, and more. She likes drinking coffee, writing about her feelings, reading memoirs, and collecting an alarming amount of copies of Peter Pan.

“Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?” So I told her why: Because if I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me. Because if I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt as much. Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it. ” - NORA EPHRON, HEARTBURN

"It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you, and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story you free yourself, and you give other people permission to acknowledge their story as well." - IYANLA VANZANT

“Don’t forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” - CHARLES de LINT, THE BLUE GIRL